Follow the leader: the keys to a legendary coach’s success

Communication, trust, care, collective responsibility and pride are the cornerstones of success in sports – and in life

Follow the leader: the keys to a legendary coach’s successMike Krzyzewski said, “When a leader takes responsibility for his own actions and mistakes, he not only sets a good example, he shows a healthy respect for people on his team.” Krzyzewski, better known as Coach K, has been the men’s head basketball coach at Duke University in North Carolina since 1980. He has more…

In defence of sports greatness, from Justify to the Warriors

Why is greatness supposed to take a back seat to parity, the bastard child of bloated sports in North America?

In defence of sports greatness, from Justify to the WarriorsWatching the super horse Justify cruise to the Triple Crown on Saturday by winning the Belmont Stakes in New York City was a sublime moment for lovers of sports. The three-year-old became just the 13th horse in the modern history of American thoroughbred racing to win the three jewels of racing’s Triple Crown. In a…

Don’t pin the Raptors’ failure on Casey

He could’ve stood at half court performing triple salchows and it wouldn’t have convinced his players they had a chance

Don’t pin the Raptors’ failure on CaseyTeams don’t quit on their coach. They quit on each other. The biggest fraud among the reasons why Dwane Casey was fired as head coach of the Toronto Raptors has to be that his National Basketball Association team quit on him. The people who say such things simply don’t understand how a team functions, particularly…

The NBA’s new power dynamic and what it can teach the NHL

Superstars uniting to create superteams offends those in the NHL who see dominant clubs as contrary to the spirit of expanded leagues and marketable logos

The NBA’s new power dynamic and what it can teach the NHLMid-July is not commonly thought of as basketball season. But the reworking of the NBA’s power dynamic sis encroaching on the turf of MLB and NFL camps opening this week. The big news last week was that National Basketball Association all-star guard Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly doesn’t want to be pals with…

Multi-millionaire LeBron James embraces victimhood

The absurdity of a man worth hundreds of millions of dollars playing the race card is truly dismaying

As Game One of the NBA Finals turned into a runaway, ABC/ESPN (owned by Disney Corp.) decided to liven things up with a teaching moment. The otherwise excellent reporter, Doris Burke, was summoned court-side to remind everyone that LeBron James’s home had been spray-painted with the N word. James had already opined to media: “It goes…

Finals fantasy: NHL, NBA go head to head

While the NBA is evolving into the soccer model of a few elite teams contesting the title, the NHL is content with its anyone-can-win philosophy

Finals fantasy: NHL, NBA go head to headThe NBA Finals feature the two best teams in the league, with star-studded lineups. The NHL Stanley Cup Final is a surprise with highly-rated Pittsburgh and wild card Nashville that finished in the middle of the playoff pack. On the surface, you’d say the National Basketball Association got it right while the National Hockey League did something…

The sports world’s TV-fed money pipeline is drying up

Young viewers are tuning out TV networks and turning to tablets or phones for their live sports. Even worse, many are ignoring sports completely

The sports world’s TV-fed money pipeline is drying upThe Toronto Blue Jays are nearing a point of decision on a number of their highly-paid players. Will the 2017 edition of the club be worth preserving? Or is it time to unload Josh Donaldson, José Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki and others at the trade deadline? Even if the club is clinging to faint post-season hopes,…